Not every dog is ready to join activities with other dogs. If your dog is anxious, fearful or aggressive around other dogs or people, this is the Course for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is leash-reactivity?
Some dogs lunge, bark, snarl or pull at other dogs when on-leash. If that sounds like your dog, you know how embarrassing it can be. This Course will provide you with strategies and techniques to help your dog overcome this behavior.
My dog growls and bares her teeth at strange dogs, but has never attacked. Should I be worried?
This is definitely a behavior you want to stop. Helping your dog learn better manners through interaction with other dogs in a controlled situation is what this Course is all about. And you will learn ways to remain calm and assertive, thus helping your dog find security.
My dog has been in a couple of fights at the dog park. Is he a "red-zone" dog and will this Course help him?
Did he start the fights or was he reacting to another dog’s intrusion into his social space? If it’s not his habit to move aggressively forward without hesitation to attack other dogs, he’s likely not a red-zone dog – and this Course can help you diagnose and address your dog’s social imbalance. We’ll show you ways to help him restore his balance through the Walk and, of course, exercise, discipline and affection.
Are levels II through V just for dogs with severe socialization issues and who need more work?
No. They are for anyone who wants to learn more about dog socialization, especially in more stimulating situations such as dog parks. Please note that the higher levels require successful completion of previous levels by the same human-dog pair. For example, to participate in Socializing Your Dog III, you and your dog must complete Socializing I and II.